The Role of Credentialing and Certification in Non-Degree and Upskilling Education
Track: Alternative Credentials
We are reaching the limits of traditional higher-education as the primary pathway to a career. Rising costs of education combined with the emergence of jobs requiring rapidly changing skillsets are causing students to consider alternatives to the four-year degree.
A wide range of solutions are emerging to serve this need. Bootcamps for IT skills, employer-directed learning, next generation Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) models, and the re-emergence of apprenticeships support non-degree pathways to jobs. At the same time, government policies are increasingly recognizing the need to incentivize new models and provide individuals the support necessary to pursue skill development outside of traditional higher education.
This session will present a taxonomy of these new learning models with examples and adoption trends, and propose what role skill certification can play in this new landscape. How are certifications evolving to stay relevant? How can they participate alongside new learning models? What barriers exist to greater adoption of certification in the non-degree employment pathways?